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"It made me realise how much is in our hands”

– The World Teachers’ Day

Published Oct 04, 2023

At KTH, we have devoted teachers who go above and beyond daily to inspire, educate, and mentor the next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators. Listen to what a few say about moments significantly impacting their educational profession.

World Teachers' Day is an international day held annually on 5 October to celebrate the work of teachers. It is a reminder of teachers' profound impact on individuals and society, spotlighting their crucial role in shaping the future by imparting knowledge and skills to students. Today, we acknowledge their tireless efforts in the pursuit of knowledge and the advancement of education.

Listen to what a few of our KTH teachers have to say about moments that significantly impacted their educational profession, how they are affected by new demands in the educational environment and their best advice for students who strive for success.

Fredrik Lundevall, a teacher in Computer Science, went to lunch with a colleague who also was his teacher at KTH when he was a student.

“We met an acquaintance of mine, and I introduced my colleague, saying: This is Johan; he is the one who has taught me everything I know about computer science. And my colleague Johan immediately corrected me and said: No, you taught yourself - I just showed you. And that summarises the role of a teacher very well.”

Jana Tumova, a teacher in Robotics and AI, gave a talk at the Future Needs Giants event. KTH organised an event for high-school girls to get them engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“After the talk, one of the girls came to me and said she had never thought of pursuing an education in robotics, and now she does. It made me realise how much is in our hands.”

Lars Jonsson, a teacher in electrical engineering, belongs to the group of teachers who took the pedagogical course LU1.

“It taught us a lot about what tools to use. And above all, how important it is with time on task; if I want the students to learn how to calculate, they should spend much time calculating.”

Text and video: Charlotta Alnersson

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